Health Matters: Helping Hoarders

By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email
By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email

May 12, 2011
Perhaps you've seen the reality shows that deal with hoarding.
Now one state says the problem is so serious, a state task force in Arizona wants to bring more awareness to this issue.
Debbie Meyer moves seniors and their stuff often times to smaller locations late in life which means a house that was once a home can turn into a hoarding nightmare.
But as the items pile up around the hoarder who buys in bulk in an addictive fashion, Debbie tells us they are very likely the victim themselves.
But safety from stuff might be creating a different kind of danger in combustible material.
Tempe Fire, for example, has had to fight at least four hoarding related fires in the last six months when too much mess on top of the typical furniture begins to burn.

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